Editor-in-Chief Howard Megdal is joined by Debbie Antonelli, the omnipresent voice of women’s basketball who is on the call for Tuesday night’s Connecticut-Oklahoma game at Mohegan Sun.
The game offers more than just another look at the Huskies (and the Sooners, who boast an elite inside-outside combo of Vionise Pierre-Louis and Gabby Ortiz), but also a chance for Geno Auriemma to win his 1000th game as a coach.
Antonelli, no stranger to landmark games for Hall of Fame coaches like Muffet McGraw and Pat Summitt, discussed what the numbers mean, what unites these greats of the game, and what separates each of them.
In addition, we talk about just what sets this Connecticut team apart, including the remarkable progress of Crystal Dangerfield and Kia Nurse.
Then it is on to Knoxville, where Antonelli recently took in Tennessee-Texas. She tells us whether this is the Holly Warlick team everyone has been waiting for, and we spend, oh, a good five minutes gushing over the imminent return of Joyner Holmes for Texas.
All this is prelude to an animated discussion of the Las Vegas Aces, what the city can come to mean for women’s basketball, and if the reason Bill Laimbeer is smiling so much lately is that he’s about to get to coach A’ja Wilson.